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Build Dakota Announces Cohort 8

August 25, 2022

464 students awarded the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2022-23 school year The eighth cohort of Build Dakota Scholarship Fund students will begin classes this month, helping to fill the gap of essential workforce needs for South Dakota. Build Dakota aims to support students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical colleges to fill […]

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Cohort 7: 2021-2022 Annual Report

April 19, 2022

From enrollment numbers to partners and resources to student success stories and to looking at the future, this comprehensive annual report explains the ins and outs of the Build Dakota Scholarship Fund and its long-term impact throughout South Dakota. View the 2021-2022 annual report (PDF) to learn more.

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Program Offers Students Free Schooling, Job Opportunities

November 4, 2021

The “Build Dakota Roadshow” is an event sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation and the Yankton Thrive organization. The roadshow consists of 30-minute interactive assemblies at eight area schools for students and parents to learn ways the program can connect them with training, employers and jobs — at no cost to […]

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Build Dakota Announces Cohort 7

August 26, 2021

Build Dakota Success Leads to More Industry Participation and Student Support, Helping Address South Dakota’s Workforce Challenges The seventh cohort of Build Dakota Scholarship Fund students will begin classes this month, helping to fill the gap of essential workforce needs for South Dakota. The Build Dakota Scholarship In January 2021, Governor Kristi Noem announced an […]

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Black Hills Tire Employee Receives Dakota Build Scholarship

August 5, 2021

Adrian Cox, a soon-to-be Western Dakota Tech student, receives a Dakota Build scholarship that will allow him to enter and complete the Automotive Program with no debt and a secured career. Jeannie Best, Asst. Dir. of Scholarships Western Dakota Technical Institute, says that on top of having a job set in stone after graduation, Cox […]

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SD Community Foundation Makes Pledge To Grow Workforce And Educate The State’s Young People

August 4, 2021

Deni Amundson, Program Manager for Build Dakota Scholarships, reflects on receiving a $50,000 grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation. Amundson and Stephanie Johnson, President/CEO of the South Dakota Community Foundation, expect to see student-industry partner relationships to strengthen, creating a “ripple effect in our state,” in the direction of workforce retention. Read the full […]

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